Entries by jhaley

Rachel’s Retirement

**SAVE THE DATE** Celebrate Rachel’s retirement! ‘Mardi Gras in June’ An evening reception on Saturday, June 6th and at our Sunday service on Sunday, June 7th More information to follow


I am usually cautious when we begin talking about our blessings. The home in which we live. The food we have to eat. The opportunities we have for work and travel and recreation. The good health we enjoy. Don’t get me wrong. I am all for gratitude. I am all for pausing long enough not […]

Daily Reminders

Most days are filled with the ordinary details of our lives. Grocery shopping. Washing clothes. Going to work. Helping children with homework. Running errands. Responding to emails. The trick it seems to me… And the challenge… Is to allow the wonder hidden in the ordinary to break through the routine And to catch our attention. […]

It Takes A Village

The saying goes, “It takes a village to raise a child.” I believe that it does. Our children need all of the strong, caring, compassionate adults we can stack around their lives, but if we stop there we have stopped well short of the mark. Not only does it take a village to raise a […]

Pointing the Way

I came across this observation in a journal I was reading today: “People still crave connection to the holy and always will. The church too often simply fails to show up at the intersection of the holy and our lives.” (Reflections, Spring 2014, p.13) I think the observation is true. I also think this is true. […]

Counter-Cultural Christianity

When I was growing up it was no big deal to say you were Christian. Everyone I knew said that. Everyone. And, Christianity was easy. It meant showing up for worship at 11:00 on a Sunday morning. And, maybe showing up or helping out your church in some other way. Everyone I knew did that. Everyone. It […]

If You Don’t Like It Leave The Room

Yesterday the Supreme Court ruled that praying at government meetings was permissible. In my experience prayers in public settings are complicated. Either they are so ceremonial they are empty of meaning and power or they become subtle (and sometimes not so subtle) attempts to cover political positions with quasi-religious authority.  Justice Kennedy’s advice for atheists […]

The Right Question (and who gets to ask it)

Some notes I keep the old fashioned way. File folder. Scraps of papers. Articles torn from newspapers (remember those!). Scribbled notes copied and recopied as file folders wear out. One of those scribbled notes on a file folder which is often on my desk rather than in my desk is a line from Genesis 3. […]

Let’s Do Easter

I love the closing line in Wendell Berry’s poem Manifesto: The Mad Farmer Liberation Front. Practice resurrection. I love it for two reasons. First, it makes resurrection more than about Jesus which, I think, is the Biblical witness. It reminds us that, in the end, it is about you and me and who we are […]

Sometimes All I Can Do Is Pray

Earthquakes are rattling Nicaragua. I have friends there. Many of them. I have helped to build homes there. I hope those homes are still standing. The people I know and more that I don’t are being told to sleep outside tonight so if another quake hits they won’t be asleep in their beds  and risk […]